Zak Ford Album Launch

Saturday night saw the return of Zak Ford to Fibbers in preparation for his new album launch ‘Young, Eager and Starry Eyed’. The stage, bathed in blue lighting with a string of fairy lights across the front, created a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere…

 By Nina Watts Marsay

Photos by Chris Mackins 

There were a variety of support acts on before Zak himself; each one as talented as the next. The night kicked off with Noah Clouds’ short acoustic set; his powerful voice and intricate fingerpicking grabbed the attention of everyone in the room and was the perfect start to the show.

Next were boy-girl duo Finch and the Moon who played a number of original songs from their EP ‘From Sea to Sand’. The folk-inspired tracks showcased their impressive ability to harmonise with each other.

Lastly, Chris Helme came on and delivered a touching set dedicated to his father; it comprised of various originals as well as a cover of The Faces Ooh La La,which was a definite crowd-pleaser. The audience were equally impressed when his bandmate treated them to a guitar slide using a Budweiser bottle – they proved to be the perfect lead up to the headliner.

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Noah Clouds

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Chris Helme

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Finch and The Moon


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Zak Ford and the band

Zak opened his set with the title track off his new albumHonest Man– it was simply impossible not to acknowledge his talent. Surrounded by a variety of instruments, the band complimented Zak’s powerful, slightly husky voice perfectly. After a few upbeat tracks including Rushing Byand Astray, the band left the stage and Zak performed a number of acoustic songs on his own. The slower songs, Miss You TonightHold The Line and I Want Nothing More, were well received; it was a truly captivating performance. The crowd’s disappoint was well known when Zak had to close his show. However, the moment was bittersweet with Zak finishing with the album’s closer My Body: a faultless ending. It incorporated both the serenity of his slower tracks and the catchiness of his faster ones.

Every song Zak played got an enormous reaction from the crowd and yet his humble approach to success was endearing.  The enjoyment he gained from performing was clear to see and completely infectious. He is definitely one to look out for and we look forward to hearing more from him.

 Noah Clouds, Finch & The Moon, Chris Helme and Zak Ford played at Fibbers on Saturday 7 March 2015.